[POST-EVENT] That’s a wrap!

A big thank you to all who participated in yesterday’s Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium! We hope that you were able to gain some meaningful perspectives from the topics and discussion points brought forward by our speakers. As the organising committee, it was truly inspiring to see that members of the public from all walks of life were interested and engaged in the dialogue regarding the sustainability of Singapore, in the context of food security and transport.

Do stay tuned on our Facebook and WordPress pages, as we will be will be releasing photos and videos of the talks at a later date. Until then, this is a summary of the day’s proceedings:

Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium (SFSS) 2016 was held from 1.30 to 6.30 pm on February 20th (Saturday) 2016 at Auditorium 3, University Town, NUS. Building up on the inaugural SFSS in 2013, this second instalment of SFSS focuses on food security and urban transport issues around the theme “A Smart and Sustainable City”. Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development Mr. Desmond Lee delivered a keynote speech as Guest-of-Honour.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Desmond Lee emphasized the importance of environmental sustainability in ensuring Singapore’s future prosperity and highlighted some of Singapore’s innovative solutions to improve food security and transport sustainability despite numerous constraints and challenges.

During the first session, Dr. Anuradha Ramanujan from National University of Singapore (NUS) introduced ecological and social impact of food production; Mr. Melvin Chow from Agri-Veterinary Authority (AVA) presented Singapore’s changing food security challenges and AVA’s strategy to address them; Ms. Nichol Ng from Food Bank Singapore introduced the organisation’s on-going efforts to battle hunger; and Ms. Evelyn Eng from Green Circle Eco-Farm showed how farming can be possible in a highly urbanised environment like Singapore. During the following panel discussion, the speakers highlighted issues of raising consumer awareness of food origins, the meat industry’s environmental impacts, various strategies to reduce food waste and the role of technological advances in improving food security.

The second session on sustainable transport began with Dr. Andreas Rau’s presentation on the public transport planning research conducted at TUM-CREATE, a joint research programme between Technische Universität München (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Dr. George Sun from Land Transport Authority (LTA) then shared LTA’s strategies to meet growing future demand for transport while facing significant challenges in land availability. Lastly, Mr. Lewis Chen from Carsharing Association demonstrated how carsharing plays a major role in building a sustainable transport system. During panel discussions, the speakers agreed that the reliance should be shifted away from private car ownership and towards public transport and carsharing. Among the other issues related to sustainable transport that were brought up are the feasibility of using electric cars in Singapore as well as the usefulness of pedestrianisation and cycling. It was also agreed that while better public transport standards should continue to be aspired towards, carsharing, walking and cycling can contribute to improved outcomes for commuters in the future.
This event was organised by a group of students from Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Programme at National University of Singapore, with generous and indispensable support from Associate Professor Edward Webb (Director of the BES programme) and Ms. Cheryl Sim of BES office.

Cheers,

SFSS 2016 Organising Committee

[EVENT] SFSS TOMORROW

Its finally time for SFSS tomorrow! We unfortunately have closed our sign-up link for SFSS 2016. However, if you still wish to attend, we do accept walk-ins. 

The event will be held this Saturday at Auditorium 3 College of Alice and Peter Tan, University Town, National University of Singapore, 8 College Avenue East, Level B1, Singapore 138615.

Attached is the Programme Booklet of the Symposium along with information on getting to the venue.

As we hope to make this a green event, we would like to ask for your help to reduce wastage generated during the event and encourage you to bring your own containers and cutlery for the tea break provided.

Should you have any trouble getting to the venue, our volunteers will be stationed around University Town, dressed in white tops with SFSS lanyards.

Feel free to contact us on our Facebook page if you have trouble getting to the venue or any queries. Also, do follow us on our Facebook page for pre and post event updates https://www.facebook.com/sfss2016

See you there this Saturday (tomorrow)!

[FEATURE] Is it time for Singapore to up our game?

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Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.

Pedestrian-only streets and close to 400km of cycle lanes – these are some initiatives implemented in 3 Brazilian cities, winners of 2015’s Sustainable Transport Award.  This annual award is given out by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York City-based think tank. It works with various countries to design and implement transport policies that make cities more livable, sustainable and equitable.

What do you envision for a sustainable transport system in Singapore? Comment and share with us your thoughts!

Engage with us at SFSS! Sign up here:  tinyurl.com/sfss2016

 

Programme Booklet

We have published the SFSS 2016 programme booklet! Download it here: prog booklet

In line with efforts to protect our environment, we will not be printing hardcopies of this booklet. Hence, we highly encourage you to download a softcopy of the program booklet as reference. Thank you!

[FEATURE] Electric Taxis in Singapore!!!

You’re late for class or work, and have to reach your destination on time no matter what.
Your destination is very inaccessible – a huge distance from the MRT station or bus stop – and its raining heavily.
What will you rely on? Taxis of course!

Taxis account for 15% of the total distance covered by ALL vehicles in Singapore despite being only 3% of the total vehicle population! However, most vehicles in Singapore, including taxis, burn fuels, which releases carbon into the atmosphere and thus contributes to global warming.

This is where electric vehicles come into play! Check out EVA, an electric taxi specifically designed by TUM-CREATE to suit the climate of tropical megacities. Although EVA is sustainable, quality and efficiency is not overlooked. Watch this video about EVA here:

Find out more about EVA and look out for updates or related events at TUM-CREATE’s Facebook page! And why not head down to SFSS 2016 to learn more about sustainable transport? Sign up here: tinyurl.com/sfss2016

Also, we will be sending out the programme booklets tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, here’s the schedule for the event:

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4 more days to SFSS 2016! See you there!

[SPEAKER] Dr. Andreas Rau, Principle Investigator (TUM-CREATE)

Flying broomsticks, vanishing cabinets, portkey and teleportation. Sounds familiar? Yup,  it’s some of the various means of wizard transportation in Harry Potter! Not only do these seemingly bizarre transportation tools save time, they sure save lots of carbon emissions that vehicles tend to emit too!

How can we ensure that real world transportation is more sustainable? One such way is the bus lanes that are already in operation in Singapore during the peak hours. This improves the speed and efficiency of taking the bus, promoting the use of public transport. What other ways are there to improve the sustainability of transport here in Singapore?

Dr. Andreas Rau from TUM-CREATE Centre of Electromobility will be bringing us through his research experiences in transport infrastructures and developments and how sustainable they can be, so do join us on the 20th of February at NUS Utown Auditorium 3, 130 to 630pm. 

Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/sfss2016

[SPEAKER] Mr. Lewis Chen, former president of Car Sharing Association

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Mr. Lewis Chen has over 12 years of car sharing experience and the in-depth knowledge of managing car sharing services and developing new car sharing services for different markets in Asia.

He started as the General Manager of NTUC Income Car Cooperative Ltd. which is the first carsharing service in Asia and has been commercially viable since from its second year of operations. With Mr. Chen at helm to steer its growth and development, NTUC Income Car Cooperative achieved an overall 5 times increase on the market adoption within 3 years through working with all the car sharing service providers to promote the car sharing service while maintaining a healthy level of profitability.

Mr. Chen then moved on to take on a regional role as the General Manager of INVERS Asia Pte. Ltd., subsidiary of INVERS GmbH which is the global market leader in car sharing technology, to further promote the car sharing concept in Asia which includes China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. He also helped entrepreneurs and organisations to develop new car sharing service models and business plans to setup car sharing operations in various markets and to work with the central and local government agencies to develop sustainable urban transportation model through supporting the integration of car sharing service into the public transportation system.

Being the first President, Mr. Chen co-founded Carsharing Association of Singapore to promote the car sharing service in Singapore and to engage the Singapore government authorities for their support in car sharing service. The car sharing service was promoted on the Land Transport Authority websites and subsequently incorporated into Singapore’s Land Transport Master Plan 2013.

Most recently, Mr. Chen served as the General Manager, Marketing and Operations for Car Club Pte. Ltd., led an expansion of the car sharing service as well as streamlining the customer service management and the fleet operations processes to achieve optimal operating efficiency which led to better profitability.

Mr. Chen has been invited to share on carsharing services and urban mobility at international conferences in Europe, China, Taiwan and Korea.

To learn more about car sharing in Singapore, visit Car Sharing Association’s website http://www.carsharing.org.sg/